In a significant move to enhance the environmental quality and appeal of Accrington’s town centre, Hyndburn Borough Council today began work on a transformative £260,000 project for the Accrington Pals Memorial Garden. This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund’s commitment to supporting Communities and Place, aims to create a greener, more inviting space that honours the area’s rich heritage while fostering communal well-being.
Councillor Mohammed Younis, Portfolio Holder for Levelling Up and UKSPF said, “The project focuses on uplifting the Pals Memorial Garden into a welcoming public place for relaxation and reflection. Central to Accrington’s town centre, the garden stands as a crucial open space, offering a peaceful haven amidst urban life. I’m really excited about this project, which will provide a complete overhaul of the garden’s layout, prioritising both tree planting and greening and at the same time enhancing the existing memorial’s setting.”
Besides the landscaping and structural improvements, plans are underway for a new sculpture in the seating area by the Accrington Pals Memorial, adding an artistic dimension to the space. Hyndburn Borough Council’s vision for the Accrington Pals Memorial Garden is not just a facelift; it’s a redefinition of the space as a beacon of community, remembrance, and natural beauty. With a significant budget and a clear, well-thought-out plan, the garden is set to become an exemplary model of urban green space revitalisation, resonating with the values and history of Accrington.
Councillor Danny Cassidy, Armed Forces Champion said, “The Pals Memorial, a central feature of the garden, will remain untouched, which I know is important to our local armed forces and veteran community. This area provides significant importance to both the Council and residents, hosting services each year to commemorate Armistice Day, The Battle of the Somme and many others. I’m looking forward to completion of this project.”
Work began on the 9 January and is expected to be completed by April.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus